The Way, the Truth, and the Life
Read John 14:1–14
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
- What is Jesus saying about His identity in this passage?
- What do you think it means to pray in the name of Jesus? (Does it mean simply adding “in Jesus’ name” at the end of your prayers, or something more?)
- Reflect on how you pray to God, how you reflect on His presence, and how you seek to follow Him. What image of God do you have in mind as you do these things? How is the God you have in mind different than Jesus?
Father, thank You for the reminder that Jesus reveals who You are, how You love, and what You’re like to us. Correct any distortions I might have in my mind or heart about who You are and how You respond to me. And give me the humility to approach You in full awareness that I can approach You in no other way and by no other name except by the person of Jesus. Reset my heart and mind on this truth. Amen.
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